"Tell your children of Him, and let your children tell their children, and their children to another generation." Joel 1:3

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


........our newest addition to the family.

Today, we received out PA (pre-approval) so we can officially show off our little girl. Didn't I tell you she was adorable!
We have decided to name her Olivia....with Livi being her nickname. We aren't sure on her middle name yet. We'd like to use a part of her Chinese name, but it's a bit of a mouthful, so we are working on that.
We have loved the name Olivia since we were pregnant with our first son. Actually, I fell in love with it 18 years ago when a co-worker had a daughter with the same name. It was unheard of at that time...it's gained a lot of popularity since then, but we just couldn't change it. We've loved it for far too long.
We are now beginning a whole new set of paperwork and red tape to get her home. The average time frame from now is about 6 mos. which puts us in China by March.
Our little Livi, as you can see, has an unrepaired cleft lip and palate. We aren't sure whether or not it will be fixed by the time we go get her. We are prepared for it to not be....either way is fine with us. She is a healthy little girl and sounds like a real spitfire. I think she'll fit right in with all these crazy boys.
She will be 2 years old in November and is doing all the things an almost 2 yr. old should be doing...
.....except knowing the real love of a family. That part, to her, is a foreign concept. The idea of only 2 people to care for her rather than a sea of caretakers. The idea of brothers that will dote on her like the princess she will certainly be around here. The comfort of coming home at the end of a busy day and feeling safe in her own room.
She is most definately in for a whirlwind of emotion.....and so are we.